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Reflections on the High Desert Country

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"What is it that awakens in my soul when I walk in the desert, when I catch the scent of rain, when I see the sun and moon rise and set on all the colors of the earth, when I approach the heart of wilderness? What is it that stirs within me when I enter upon sacred grounds? For indeed something does move and enliven me in my spirit, something that defines my very being in the world. I realize my humanity in proportion as I perceive my reflection in the landscape that enfolds me. It has always been so."
Momaday, N. Scott, Testimony, Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, 1996. p. 64.

The landscape inspires by giving us the opportunity to ask ourselves for the words and images of our deepest thoughts. We reflect on life in the canyons and, perhaps, we place ourselves in Anasazi footprints of a thousand years ago. We discover ancient Puebloan sites tucked away in alcoves, we locate rock art on cliff faces, wonder at its meaning, attempt to record it, to draw it, and to describe it as a way to remember and reconnect with places we love.

The high desert experience affects people many ways. Send us your reflections of canyon country, and let's discuss including your poetry and prose on our Reflections page.

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